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    October 29, 2012
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starts right now. good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" from new york tonight. sandy, nice name, lousy storm. it's hitting the east coast as i speak. we'll have live updates of the storm as it makes landfall. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> this is going to be a big storm. it's going to be a difficult storm. the great thing about america is when we go through tough times, we all pull together. >> 60 million people in 12 states brace for 800 miles of hurricane sandy. >> i am not worried at this point about the impact on the election. i'm worried about the impact on families. >> the campaigns have been suspended. entire cities shut down and the worst is yet to come. >> water is up over the street. >> the wind gusts are getting more and more frequent and much stronger. >> the fear is it's going to be worse than irene. >> tonight full reports from up and down the east coast. >> it's only a matter of time as this system gets closer. >> governor martin o'malley over
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the battering in baltimore. and ted strickland on what the storm means for the political storm in ohio. good to have you with us tonight, folks. sandy is expected to make landfall at this hour on the coast of new jersey. the storm is now a post tropical cyclo cyclone. the path on the northeast corridor has been slow and moving very wide. hundreds of thousands of people in coastal areas have been evacuated up and down the east coast. this is a live shot from delaware. we'll get a live update from the shoreline in just a moment. authorities say new york city and long island could get the worst of the storm surge. sea water could rise up to 11 feet. the damage from sandy was on display hundreds of feet above manhattan today. you're seeing a youtube video of
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a crane collapsing on the 57th street high-rise. city officials say workers would not be able to access the crane to keep it from falling. at this hour, the crane is still hanging in the air over the city. reside residents of the nearby buildings and businesses have been evacuated. beach front communities already experienced flooding and massive water damage. this shot is from seaside heights, new jersey. in atlantic city, large chunks of boardwalk were just washed away. new jersey officials say they may not be able to reach people stuck in areas for days. residents are being told to stay off the roads due to flooding and wind gusts. winds of 90 miles per hour are reported at this hour. damage from fly iing debris is extensive. but the total amount of destruction certainly is not known. the united states coast guard earlier today engaged in a mid-ocean rescue of 14 crew members of a private ship called the hms bounty.
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the rescue occurred this morning over the atlantic ocean. the coast guard recovered the body of one member of the crew who died. another passenger remains missing. as for those on land, many are stranded in the nation's airports. nearly 14,000 flights have been cancelled across the country. financial markets are feeling the effects of the storm as well. the new york stock exchange was closed today and will remain closed tomorrow. more than 2 million power outages have been reported by state utility companies in the northeast where the storm is just baring down. the new york area reports more than 625,000 outages. in new jersey there have been more than 532,000. connecticut, massachusetts and rhode island are also reporting power outages in the tens of thousands. president obama was briefed on the storm in the white house situation room today. the president addressed the nation this afternoon. he said the government response has been extensive and
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efficient. >> i have spoken to all the governors in all these states. they have issued emergency declarations. those have been turned around quickly here in the white house. we have prepositioned assets so that fema personnel are working closely with state and local governments. there's been close coordination between state, federal and local governme governments. >> if you want to know how close the coordination has been, listen to new jersey governor chris christie. >> i've been in touch with president obama this afternoon. the president called me at about 2:15 this afternoon. it was just the two of us on the phone. we had a good conversation. the president wanted to know if we had everything that we needed to be able to respond to the storm. i told him we did. we wanted to check on the level of cooperation with fema, i said it was excellent. he said if at any point over the next 48 hours, i was not getting from the federal government i should call him directly at the
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white house and had he was going to be there. and that i should just not worry about dealing with anybody else. just call him. >> president obama was quick to point out the response is part of the normal government operations. it's not a reflection of the current election climate. >> i am not worried at this point about the impact on the election. i'm worried about the impact on families and i'm worried about the impact on our first responders. i'm worried about the impact on our economy and transportation. the election will take care of itself next week. >> federal, state and local governments do have the luxury of taking care of the storm next week. the country will still be feeling the effects of sandy tomorrow and in the days to come and a lot of it is going to depend on people's emotions when their power is out for numerous days. joining me now is tom in delaware. you have been there all day, are
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the conditions deteriorating? what's it like at this hour? >> reporter: let me give you a look at what's going on behind me. this is the high tide that the governor was very worried about. he says this is going to be the crunch time for the state of delaware, especially for the coastal areas. this area is under a mandatory e evacuation order. 50,000 residents so far in the past couple days have been evacuated from this area. because of the high tide they are anticipating that much of the water will be pushed on shore. so far they believe the coastal infrastructure is in place. they believe it will hold tonight. that's much to do about their coastal restoration in the past year or so. right now, they have roughly 6600 power outages. the governor anticipates that number is going to climb as the night goes through and depending on what the weather conditions are going to be like overnight, this they are expecting some strong gusts and some sustained rain. it's been raining for the past 24 hours.
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it's been fairly steady. as this testimony keeps moving on north and northwest and then turning northeast eventually. they believe the inland flooding is going to be a concern as well. so far right now, the most fortunate thing is there are no fatal tis, no injuries that they know of. that's mostly attributed to the people heeding the warning and getting out of harm wees ie when they issued those warnings. >> stay with us. let's bring in ed rapoport, we're getting word now that it is just hit landfall. good to have you with us. what can you tell us tonight? >> that's right. the center of sandy has made landfall in the last few minutes. the center is near atlantic city. maximum winds are 80 miles per hour. it's starting to come down. they will continue to come down. the winds are not our most significant concern though. the concern is almost always water. most people drown in hurricanes. . we have two risks for sandy.
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that is storm summrge along the coast and inland flooding from excessive rain in this area i have highlighted area. >> what can we expect in the next several hours? you say the winds are going to be calming down. but what about the next few hours? >> the winds will come down, but only very gradually. even slower will be the reduction in the storm surge total water levels will continue to rise for those who that have not reached high tide. we have a 12-foot storm surge occurring in long island sound. 7 feet in connecticut. here the maximum of a high tide is going to occur closer to midnight. so the water levels will continue to rise. perhaps as much as four or five feet in some places. >> in your experience, ed, cap sill liez this one for us. how unique is this storm? >> it's unique in terms of where
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it is and what kind of characterist characteristics it has. clearly, we have hurricanes come ashore further south, but it's rare to have such a system come ashore with this kind of intensity this far north. now sandy did lose its tropical characteristics a couple hours ago, but it didn't change the impacts. still hurricane-force winds were occurring on the coast and this storm surge with waves on top, tide still increasing, so we have a dangerous situation along the coastline. >> we're also getting some snow with this system as well and also the tracking of it is somewhat unusual, isn't it it? >> that's right. it's highly unusual to have any snow associated with a system that originated here down in the tropics. we have concern about the track too. not only was it unusual to come up like this, but our concern is it's going to almost stop before turning to the north. what that's going to do is prolong the time of heavy rain here and that's what's going to
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enhance the chance for flooding. >> so we can expect a great deal of flooding in the area you pointed to over the pennsylvania area. we can anticipate numerous power outages maybe for days. ed rapoport, thank you for joining us tonight. let's go back to the shore. has it changed throughout the day? is this the most intense time right now? >> reporter: it's been pretty sporadic. the winds have calmed down because we're on the backside of the storm. as it moves northwest, we're catching the backside. that's not the main concern for the governor. you heard ed rapoport talk about the tides. high tide is now. it will be the midnight hour and going through the early morning hours that those are the areas of his main concern at this point. he's very fearful that as the tides start rolling in, it's going to inundate the coastal areas. all through the day, this area has taken on water. some roads are impassable.
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>> where are the people? have they heeded the warnings? have they departed? or are they hanging in there trying to fight through this thing? >> reporter: it's basically a ghost town. this is a popular destination spot during the summer. but during the halloween time, they have a large festival. this place a couple days ago 70,000 people running around here. this boardwalk was packed wall to wall. they evacuated within 24 hours because as the conditions started to worsen shs the governor said people need to leave ahead of the storm anticipating what you're seeing behind us. there are a few strag lers behind. we saw a few residents in dewey beach. the governor said that's a foolish move to make, because he can't guarantee anybody will be able to go out there and help
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them. he believes they are endangering other people and possibly those first responders by needlessly responding if these people get in trouble that they have to come out here. he says right now, if you need to get out, your window has passed. now is the time to hunker down, stay inside, don't do anything foolish. it's a beautiful sight if you look at the waves. but it's not worth coming out and looking and taking pictures. >> nbc news with us tonight from the beach. thank you for joining us. coming up, live reports throughout the hour along the east coast as hurricane sandy has made landfall. stay tuned. you're watching "the ed show" on msnbc.
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coming up, live reports from along the coast.
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we get updates on the impact of the storm. mitt romney continues to push the jeep outsourcing lie and he does it with a new ad. the obama campaign is responding. former governor from ohio ted strickland will join me for the conversation. share your thoughts on facebook and on twitter using the #edshow. we're coming right back. she's gt of clients she keeps in touch with using e-mail marketing from constantcontact.com. constantcontact is easy and affordable. it lets her send out updates and photos that showcase her expertise and inspire her customers for only $15 a month. [ dog barking ] her dream -- to be the area's hottest interior design office. [ children laughing ] right now, she just dreams of an office. get a free trial at constantcontact.com. if we want to improve our schools... ... what should we invest in? maybe new buildings? what about updated equipment? they can help, but recent research shows...
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we're getting word of new york's first storm-related fatality. a 30-year-old man trapped by a fallen tree in queens. we're also getting some amazing pictures showing some serious flooding from delaware to new jersey. some of the streets of atlantic city are covered in water. this video was taken before sandy made landfall. we know many of these streets were closed ahead of the storm, but new jersey governor chris christie is criticizing the mayor of atlantic city for failing to get enough people to evacuate. >> for whatever reason, the mayor urged people to stay in shelters in the city. despite by admonition to evacuate, he gave them comfort for some reason to stay. we now have a large number of people that are in atlantic city and at this juncture there's no other way for us to go in and
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get them. they are going to have to ride out the storm there. i'm very disappointed in the fact that some decided to disregard my instruction, in fact, my order. and i'm concerned it might lead to the loss of life. i'm extraordinarily dis -- disappointed in those elected officials to disregard an order from the governor. >> meanwhile, volunteer firefighters rescued people trap ed in the rising water earlier this afternoon. so far there are no reports of any loss of life on the enginje shore. some other pictures we wanted to show you tonight. this is an old fishing pier in north carolina. the storm did this damage hours before landfall. the waves sliced out sections of the pier. coming up, high tide is happening right now in ocean city, maryland. they are expecting a 7-foot
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storm surge. we're going to get an update from the governor with us next. stay with us. we're right back. those surprising little things she does
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welcome back to "the ed show." our continuing coverage of hurricane sandy. and a development that we have been following here on msnbc here in new york. joining me on the scene of the crane collapse, which is captured the attention of people all over the country wondering
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if that thing is going to fall. but you can see behind that they have really blocked things off and taken every measure possible. what can you tell us at this hour? >> reporter: i can tell you, e ed, that everybody is a lot more nervous right now than they were earlier because the winds have picked up and the crane has started to sway on and off. if you look behind me, you can see the traffic light here, we have various gusts and even the traffic light is going back and forth from the wind. and who knows what the intensity is some 65-plus stories up above the ground at this $1.5 billion luxury apartment building that's under construction. they have set off a collapse zone. no cars, no pedestrians in this area. they have evacuated the apartment buildings, commercial buildings and even the hotel in the area. they had guests move to other hotels as a precaution. they are afraid if the wind sways this crane, it could snap off and go crashing into one of the buildings.
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we have had some very strong wind gusts over the last few minutes. that's why this area really has been cordened off. they are trying to see if there's any way to secure this dangling crane. no word yet on what their thoughts are. many people are thinking it's just too dangerous to try and attempt some kind of a measure like that right now. they might have to wait until the storm passes. >> the officials there have got to be concerned about the velocity of the wind no matter how much that crane weighs, that wind is forceful. have they said if it dropped 60 stories just how many blocks this might go? there's a calculation here that has to be made. how wide-ranging is the protective area? >> reporter: well, i hope it's no farther than where we're standing. here at 57th and eighth avenue. the apartment building is over an 57th between seventh and
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sixth. i hope they have calculated that this is the safety zone. one of the concerns, as you well so point out, when they got the call about the crane collapsing at 2:00 in the afternoon, the winds were 20 miles per hour according to the national weather service. with gusts up to 40 miles per hour then. mayor bloomberg said they expect the winds to gust upwards of 70, 80, 90 miles an hour. who knows what will happen to that crane up there if we get those kind of wind gusts. >> and what's the the wind like right now? just moments ago, the storm has hit landfall. and so this might be the most intense time as far as the wind. what are you experiencing down there? >> we have a furious wind moving the traffic lights around. so there are ebbs and flows to
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this kind of storm we're having here. we have a wind gust and then it dies down and then we get a gust of wind again. right now, it seems to be a lot calmer than it was just two or three minutes ago. >> thanks so much. on the scene in manhattan. sandy has made landfall 60 miles north of ocean city, maryland, around atlantic city, new jersey. the storm is now a post-tropical cyclone. ocean city, maryland, is expecting a 7-foot storm surge at high tide, which could be happening as we speak. as of now, 60,000 people in the state of maryland are without power. high winds, coastal flooding, and heavy winds are expected to continue in the state of maryland until at least tuesday night. governor martin o'malley has cancelled early voting in maryland for today and tomorrow. however, the state has scheduled a makeup day for friday. joining us now by phone is governor martin o'malley, he's currently at the emergency
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operations center in maryland. govern governor, good to have you with us tonight. the storm has hit shore. what are you hearing at this hour with your state? >> well, we have been in touch with ocean city for the last several days. they seem to be holding up fairly well. this as you reported high tide. this is their dangerous time. and those swells are real big. they are crashing over the boardwalk there. they have already lost the fishing pier that you extended. they are getting a lot of damage. there will be a lot of water in the basements of the shops. hopefully the boardwalk will hold up and get us through the next couple hours. >> the people of your state, have they done what you asked them to do? >> by and large, i think they have. this has been a strange day for us here, ed. as a state, we had two foot of
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snow in the west. we had the ocean current that you're seeing on tv right now in the atlantic. and then in the bay, we're very concerned about the unpredictable winds and what that does to water levels and the surge of streams and creeks and the coastal bay. so it's going to be a very challenging night for us. i can almost hear the sound of trees cracking all around us. it's going to be a rough night. but people have stayed indoors for the most part today. >> governor, you cancelled early voting in maryland for today and tomorrow. what impact is the storm going to have on this election in your state? it's a week from tomorrow, obviously. but people's lives are being displaced. of course, there's going to be power outages and people dealing with their personal situation. what's it going to do with the election? >> we know we can make up at least one of those two days by adding friday to it. and right now, we're looking at whether we are keeping polls
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open longer or just how we manage to get as many hours of early voting as we can. in the two days before the storm, just like the rush on the stores for bread and milk, we had huge lines of people going out to vote early in this election. so we want to find a way to restore those hours lost by this storm if there's any possible way we can. we have to turn around the voter rolls before election day on tuesday and do that decon flix, but i think people are motivated to vote and are anxious to get back to the early voting. >> governor, you're coming to us from the emergency operation center. are you hearing any word of any fatalities or any word of people being stranded? what is the situation? >> we've had one fatality so far that's been attributed to the storm. that was an automobile accident involving some hydroplaning over high water in montgomery county.
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we had about 150 people stranded in chris field on the eastern shore when the tidal surge of the bay came up and put about three feet of water into the first floor of everybody's home there in a small community called summers cove. some are sheltering through the night on the second floor. we have had great cooperation there from our federal government from the get go. it's a sign of the new and improved fema that they all arrived before the storm and before the disaster and not after it. it's a huge improvement that i think every governor regardless of party recognizes. >> to back your statement up, the fact that safety has been certainly provided. if you have one fatality on a storm that's absolutely massive and certainly unusual in its nature, i'd say it was a pretty good day at the office. the next is to get people's
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power restored. >> and we still have a long night to get through. let's put a knock on wood on that. the power restoration will take days and days. >> governor o'malley with us, thank you. a lot more coming up on "the ed show." stay with us. a real mess ahead of us. worse than irene. >> the worst is yet to come from sandy. and the campaigns have been suspended. but the lies continue in ohio. >> obama took gm and chrysler into bankruptcy and sold chrysler to italians who are going to build jeeps in china. >> former governor ted strickland on mitt romney's last desperate gasp to fool the buckeye state. those surprising little things she does still make you take notice. there are a million reasons why. but your erectile dysfunction that could be a question of blood flow. cialis for daily use helps you be ready
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good to have you back with us. one of the effects of the storm
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is that while most of the building has backup power, the studio i'm broadcasting from here tonight does not. a brief power outage occurred earlier in the broadcast and you may have noticed it. if you see the lights go out during this broadcast, don't worry, i'll move to another studio. but there's pretty good photoer there. we're looking at a live shot of the crane in manhattan that has partially collapsed. it's 1,004 feet above the ground, that's 80 stories. you calculous majors can figure out we're 1,000 feet above the ground. what's the velocity of the wind, how much does it weigh, so how many blocks will it move if it falls. the question is how are they going to get it done? are they going to let it it fall? or when the wind stops, will
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they try to engineer this thing for a retrieve? we'll stay on the story. sandy is now a post-tropical cyclone, but it is no less dangerous. it made landfall earlier this hour on the coast of southern new jersey. the storm has slammed cities along the northeast corridor and is only now making landfall. sandy picked up speed this afternoon hitting land hours before it was expected. the initial storm combined with two other weather systems. mandatory evacuations have been issued in coastal regions. flooding and high winds are going to make it difficult for rescue teams to reach those who did not leave the storm affected areas. joining us tonight with the latest on the storm is meteorologist bill karins. great to have you with us. you have been out and about fighting this storm. did you have trouble getting back to the studio? >> i have colleagues that are trapped right now and probably can't get out. i barely made it out of there in
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time. we were taking different roads to get out. the water was coming in over the streets. and we had to go through about two feet of water just to get here in time. lower manhattan is getting it hard. power is out south of one world trade. you want to talk about cranes and howling winds, we could hear it. it was the eeriest sound. the wind probably about 100 mile per hour winds were blowing through the top of one world trade. didn't surprise me a bit that that big one is hanging at 57th street. just an amazing storm. it's amazing when you consider what time of year it is. maybe if it was july, we could say this could happen. but the fact it's almost november and we're dealing with a storm like this and the millions of americans that will go through the hardships of the next week or two, it's incredible. let me catch you up to where we are with this storm. it's already made history with
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the storm surge and damage. i would say that right now about 70 to 80% of the damage is already done. we're not completely done, but the worst of it is slowly passing by. now that it's made landfall, the winds are continuing to gust very impressive. look at this wind at jfk airport. 79-mile-per-hour wind gust there in new york city proper. that's very impressive and extremely rare. it rained a lot especially to the south. the winds are not as strong, but there's more leaves on the trees. the soil is wet and the trees are tumbling from philadelphia southwards. so you couldn't win with this storm. either you're going to deal with the storm surge or wind or the incredible snows. the storm itself will always be known as hurricane sandy. i don't care it was extra trop ta call or not. there will probably be another
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sandy name. it will be retired because of the considerable damage and the billions of dollars that will have accumulated by the time the insurance companies add this up. as far as the radar goes, the heaviest rains are near backand d.c. and baltimore. this was the storm surge and this was the wind. and that's what's made this an historic event. our country didn't need this. you talk about this every night. we didn't need more people suffering like this. it's going to be one or two weeks just to get people going back to work and school in some cases. >> the big thing is restoring the power. we don't know how many people will be without power when this thing is all said and done. it's affecting some 15 states. but this storm has changed considerably. i mean, this has really had some different patterns throughout its entire coverage. >> we're finally seeing the pictures from haiti. started down in jamaica and went through the bahamas and was def
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state ing. they will be replacing the beaches from florida to north carolina even though they were just brushed by the storm. and then it became this perfect storm. there's only one perfect storm and they had the movie about it. it will have its own spot in history, but such a rare event. i had another meteorologist telling me there will be kids writing thesis about this for years to come. >> the path was unlike anything we have ever seen. the characteristics with the snow and the tropical winds and whatnot that all played into it. what is tomorrow going to be like? you said that 70, 80% of the damage is done. what about the storm surge we were expecting on lower manhattan? did it ever get to 11 feet? >> when i left, it was somewhere close to 10, 10.5 feet. the record ever was donna going back to 1960 and that was 10.6
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feet. so we were in unchartered territory. i walked the streets. i saw all the gutters where usually the storm drains go down. the water wasn't going down anymore. it was filling up the sewer systems. and you know it was most likely getting into the subway systems too. that's the salt water and electrical. that's why con edge shut down the power in lower manhattan. they knew the water was getting into the vital infrastructure. so it's going to be a messy clean up. tomorrow still damage to be done. tomorrow is not even a die for clean up. some storm surge early in the morning. it won't be probably to halloween on wednesday that people even begin to get the power on. they will get the important hospitals and stuff up first. >> sure. bill karins, great to have you with us tonight. coming up, we'll have the latest from lower manhattan.
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michelle franzen. you're looking at 57th street in manhattan where 1,000 feet above the ground, 80 floors up, is a crane that tipped over. it's just swinging in the wind. and they have evacuated the businesses and apartments and buildings in that nearby area. police officials and rescue officials are just waiting for that crane to come down. and officials have been told that they are not allowed to go up and try to retrieve it. there's a storm going on. we'll keep you up to date on how that's going to unfold. stay tuned. you're watching "the ed show" on msnbc. customer erin swenson bought from us online today. so, i'm happy. sales go up... i'm happy. it went out today... i'm happy. what if she's not home? (together) she won't be happy. use ups! she can get a text alert, reroute... even reschedule her package.
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back on our live coverage on msnbc, a live shot of the crane on 57th street in manhattan. thank thanks for staying with us as we continue our coverage of this powerful storm, which has come ashore. now if you live in new york city, i want you to pay attention to what i'm saying. new york city is experiencing 911 overload. that means a lot of calls are coming into 911. the city is asking us to ask you to call 311 for non-emergencies
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like downed trees or other minor issues or information that you might need or, should i say, information that you're trying to give to get help from authorities. so it's 311 for like downed trees and other minor issues. but we are having a 911 overload here in the city tonight. we're keeping an eye on the storm surge. lower manhattan is on high alert. let's check in with michelle franzen in battery park. what's happening down there? >> reporter: we have a water overload going on down here. you can see the waves that are coming through. this is the walkway usually that people are running on. the water has been lapping and pouring over here. you have several feet of water. the storm surge was supposed to be anywhere between 6 and 12 feet. we have already heard the battery, which is a short way away from us, already set a
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record. is 11.87 feet. that broke a record set back in 1821. so we're just getting into this storm here with sandy. we have a long way to go to see how much water comes in. the power company has started to shut down some of the power to help once the storm passes to get everybody back up and running again. but battery park, of course, home to the financial district. you have a residential area mixed in, the world trade center site, all of that shut down tonight. more than 300,000 have been asked to e relocate. people could be staying in and hunkering down or moved on with friends. we don't know the numbers yet. but what we do know with the wind gusts coming in and they are a lot stronger. we have had the mayor come
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forward asking people to stay in. do not go outside. because it's the most dangerous time with the downed trees. we're taking precautions here. we have been moving up every time the water comes forward and we're keeping a watch out here too. >> what can you tell us about the subway system? >> reporter: the subway systems were shut down in preparation of the storm. what we don't know yet is how the water may affect it. there are some areas down here where some of the subway systems have, you know, some of their areas end here. so they will be keeping a watch on that. they don't want the water to get in there. the mixture of sea water does not mix well with the electronics and everything down there. they will be keeping an eye on that. they shut down the tunnels that were prone to flooding. and the bridges tonight as well
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as the george washington bridge shut down. so the last links to manhattan obviously everyone now truly isolated here on this island of manhattan and in the surrounding burros waiting for sandy to pass through. >> michelle franzen, thanks so much. next, mitt romney comes up with a real whopper on the automobile industry and former president bill clinton calls him out on it. governor strickland will join us next. stay with us. [ mom ] 3 days into school break and they're already bored.
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than a full size sheet of the leading ordinary brand. use less. with the small but powerful picker upper, bounty select-a-size. welcome back to "the ed show." there was some campaign news today. this time the romney campaign put out a lie so big the media almost universally called it out. a romney ad running in ohio say this is. >> obama took gm and chrysler into bankruptcy and sold chrysler to italians who are going to build jeeps in china. >> the ad doubles down on a lie romney said himself on the stump last week. chrysler, which still manufactures jeep, also responded. jeep has no intention of shifting production of its jeep models out of north america to china. former president bill clinton is also on the case. here's the former president in youngstown, ohio, today.
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>> it turns out that jeep is reopening in china because they made so much money here they can afford to do it and they are going on with their plans here. they put out a statement today saying it was the biggest in the world they would ever consider shutting down american operations. they are roaring in america. >> this morning before he left florida and went back to washington, he said, you know, of all the things governor romney has said, that probably hurts my feelings the most. he said, i never had any money when i was a kid and the first new car i ever owned i was 30 years old. and it was a jeep. i would never move jeep to china. >> this didn't stop the romney campaign from putting out surrogates defending the ad. here's congressman jason shabets
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of utah. >> it's 100% correct. the romney campaign stands behind it. >> in his own ad, the obama campaign calling the reid ad a lie. >> after romney's false claim of jeep outsourcing to china, chrysler refuted the lie themselves. >> i'm joined tonight by ted strickland. governor, you could say your boots better be on pretty high tonight, not just from the storm, but because of the stuff being thrown around by the romney campaign. this latest ad was a whopper. >>. a whopper, a whopper. but ed, this ad says something very serious about the romney campaign. they are desperate and they are desperate because the people of ohio have concluded that you cannot believe much of anything this man says.
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and he is being deceitful and deceptive in this ad. it's going to backfire on him. the people of ohio knew who saved the auto industry and who saved ohio jobs. so a sign of desperation from a candidate that quite frankly just can't get traction in ohio because we figured this guy out, ed. and we've concluded we can't trust him. >> mitt romney has become the candidate that you can't fact check. mitt romney has been the candidate that you can't call out on anything. the media responded. so did chrysler. and the ohio uaw director called it the lowest form of political tactic. i mean, do you think the romney campaign expected this kind of backlash? >> listen, they ought to know by now that the people of ohio are common sense people and we're not going to be bamboozled by this kind of political garbage. this ad, i think, may be the straw that actually breaks the
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camel's back and seals romney's fate in ohio. when ohioans find out what he has done, what he is doing in the face of the truth, i think they are going to rebel against this guy and i think the president is going to win ohio. i thought he may win by a point or two. it might be more than that after this ad. >> here's president clinton talking about romney's position on the auto industry loan. here it is. >> i've heard governor romney's explanation for why he opposed that thing. he ties himself in more knots than a boy scout does in a knot tying contest. >> he ties himself in nknots, bt have the folks in ohio figured that out? >> ed, i think he has. but i think the folks in ohio started to figure this guy out when they first heard about the swiss bank account and the fact he wouldn't release his own
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income tax returns. then we saw him in that video talking about us in those disparaging, disrespectful ways. this is just, you know, the final straw that i think is going to break the camel's back in terms of the romney campaign in ohio. >> i got to ask you before we get out of here tonight. the hurricane is a big story. sandy, how is this in your opinion going to affect voting in ohio, quickly? >> i think early voting is going forward. i think it will continue to do that. the weather is bad here. the wind is blowing. it's rainy. we may get some snow. but i think our people are fired up and this may just be one more challenge, but we'll overcome that challenge and get the people out. >> former ohio governor ted strickland with us tonight, thanks so much. that is "the ed show." an